Independent Life Skills in Year 7

The Year 7 pupils have shown enthusiasm for creating the raised beds for the new allotment area and have really taken ownership of the tasks in each stage of the process. First, they thought carefully about the colour of the outdoor paint, giving reasons for their choices and voting for their preferred options. Next, they changed into suitable clothing and learned how to safely carry and paint planks of wood. The pupils then joined the wood by hammering nails and using a screwdriver during the construction process. It’s been fantastic seeing the class engaged in a whole learning process, trying new skills, developing independence with practical skills and demonstrating perseverance. What excellent work!

Year 7 RSPCA Outreach Project

The Year 7 pupils are very keen on animals and regularly communicate about their pets or previous experiences with animals. Therefore, it seemed appropriate for us to participate in an outreach project with the local RSPCA centre. The pupils were initially surprised to see the rather old looking collection box in the classroom, but they became very eager to suggest ideas for ways to make it look more appealing. The pupils have really taken ownership of the project and designed the artwork, chose and ordered the materials online then washed the sculpture to prepare it for decorating. The pupils practised décopauge techniques by making stationery pots before carefully applying décopatch paper and acrylic paints to the sculpture, decision making along the way. The whole class participated in the project and have demonstrated enthusiasm, concentration and perseverance. We were very pleased to spend Friday afternoon with Gill who explained how donations support animals at the RSPCA centre in Martlesham. The pupils then excitedly revealed the collection box and talked about their learning process. We feel a little sad to see the sculpture leave Gorseland but hope that it will encourage a few more donations for the centre. Falcon Class are very grateful for the opportunity we’ve had this term – thank you!

Young Voices at the O2

What a wonderful start to the week we had! Three Year 7 pupils and three SSC2 pupils fully participated in the Young Voices choir concert at the O2 arena and challenged themselves in new experiences from start to finish. Highlights included spotting the O2 from the coach, the unusual activity of eating a packed dinner, locating family members across the arena, enthusiastic dancing alongside the Urban Strides and of course singing in front of thousands of people. This blog post is definitely written by a very proud teacher. Well done, Gorseland choir!

Chocolate sculptures in Year 7

We have been focussing on sculpture in art and the Year 7s have been very excited about how realistic 3D pieces can look. We began by exploring food sculptures by artists including Claes Oldenburg and Peter Anton. We then learned techniques such as folding, scrunching and curling paper, wrapping and twisting cellophane, coiling string and shredding materials. The Year 7s took on the challenge of creating realistic looking chocolate sculptures that look good enough to eat. What a fantastic result! The sweet treats link to our English work – can you guess the title of our focus text?

Social Enterprise Project

The pupils in Year 7 (Falcon Class) have been busy preparing products to sell at the Christmas Fayre. They have contributed ideas, designed products and learned then improved new skills such as creating loom band charms,using a die cutting machine to make labels and baking gingerbread. Some of the Year 7s will be running the treat / pocket money stall after participating in the choir – we look forward to seeing you at the fayre this Friday from 3.30pm!